The Queen’s Prize is heading down under after James Corbett of Australia took the top prize at the conclusion of the Imperial Meeting at Bisley on 20 July.
One of a number of shooters on ‘three off’ the maximum possible three hundred, Corbett took top spot by virtue of the forty-six centrals he amassed over the four stages.
Corbett had been first off the range, and was forgotten by many – including, initially, those managing the scoreboard. Matt Millar had led but he disastrously put his last two into the inner ring. So with Corbett’s name redacted, Wales’s Ed Jeens was holding the leader’s star on three off. When Corbett’s name was eventually restored, it was posted behind Jeens, who had 40 centrals to Corbett’s 46.
Eventually the light dawned. Those with Corbett told him the true outcome and the board changed. Last year’s Grand Aggregate winner became this year’s Queen’s Prize winner.
Second was Ed Jeens on 297.40, who gave everything in his attempt to bring the prize to Wales. Matt Ensor snatched third with 297.39, with Millar reconciled to fourth on 297.32. In fifth was Emma Cannings (UVRC) who had pulled out all the stops for a magnificent total in the final of 149, leaping up the list from a starting place of 62nd.
The St George’s and Grand Aggregate prizes went to the same shooter – and it was the man who took the St George’s vase last year too. David Luckman was the man on form, with a commendable 150.24 in the St George’s and a total of 698.103 in the Aggregate, edging out Australia’s Jim Bailey by six centrals.
Just one target remained for Luckie: that of the Queen’s Prize where he carried a maximum 150 forward to the final. That would have been a notable first ever triple. Sadly, it did not come to pass.
Photography by Matt Limb